WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016
Henrietta Lacks is best known as the source of cells that form the HeLa line, used extensively in medical research since the 1950s. Henrietta’s cells were the first immortal human cells ever grown in culture. They were essential to developing the polio vaccine. They went up in the first space missions to see what would happen to cells in zero gravity. Many scientific landmarks since then have used her cells, including cloning, gene mapping and in vitro fertilization.
Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/henrietta-lacks-immortal-cells-6421299/#OSC4p0M88RHujIJU.99